Wow. Seriously, wow. That was a great day girls! We thoroughly enjoyed it and we hope you did too. For those of you that couldn't be there here's a visual account of all the fun and frolics :)
Debbie was a joy to chat with it, a very down to earth lady who loved to share all her knitting knowledge and didn't mind getting stuck in and measuring people up for the garments of their choice. She gave a brief presentation in the morning on her design process and was then available for any and all knitting related queries. She gave lots of people the confidence to embark on their first full size knitted garment and many people were surprised to discover that they should in fact be knitting smaller sizes due to the forgiving nature of knitted fabric and the fact that Debbie's designs are for a real woman's shape. As you can see from the photos below everyone really enjoyed trying on the garments Debbie brought with her!
This is the Flared Cable Jacket from the Out of Town pattern book, knit in Cashmerino Aran. This one was a really pleasant surprise as it is not shown to the best advantage in the pattern book photo but it was a big hit with the knitters on the day!
Jacqui was seriously considering running away with this one - surely Debbie would appreciate a lighter bag going home? Again, this is featured in the Out of Town pattern book and the smallest size fit most of the women present. It was made for Jacqui though, really... The yarn is Alpaca Silk aran which is deliciously warm and gives a wonderful drape.
Another big hit for the day was Sofia from the new Rialto pattern book. I think we'll be seeing a lot of these in the Gallery very soon!
This is Lola from the Pure Cotton/Stella pattern book, kindly modelled by Mary L :) I love that cable detail!
And a (currently nameless) cardigan from the new Family Knits book - we sold out of these on the day so I can't look it up! If anyone has their book and wants to shout out the details in the comments then please do :) The yarn is Cashmerino DK
And finally (on a slightly bleary-eyed me) Alexa from the Pure Cotton/Stella book. Hmm, and my list of future knits is now twice
as long as my arm!
Elana and Susan had lots of fun though when the yarn arrived - every
shade of Pure Cotton and Rialto - and this is my attempt at an arty rainbow shot, carefully composed by Elana...
Elana likes yarn. Can you tell??!
Thanks so much to everyone who sent us good wishes for the day and, of course, to everyone who took the time to join us. Finally, thanks to Debbie herself - we hope you can come back soon!
PS: The only glitch for the day was that the late arrival of all shades of Rialto and Pure Cotton. So, while stocks last, the Special Offer of buy a pack of ten or more and receive a free pattern book will still be available. Snap up yours soon!
I'll announce the winners of the competition soon so keep an eye out for your name :)